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Shrewsbury International School Bangkok (City) Review

The elite UK boarding school will open its second international school in central Bangkok in 2018, and this new primary school will offer a very British education and a guaranteed place at Shrewsbury Bangkok’s senior school.
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School phase
Primary
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Curricula taught
Availability 2019/20
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Status
Open
Opening year
2018
School year
Aug to Jul
Principal
Amanda Dennison
Main teacher nationality
British
Main student nationality
A mix of nationalities
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Shrewsbury International School Bangkok (City)

Shrewsbury International School Bangkok (City) Review

School phase
Primary
Inspection rating
No rating
Curricula taught
Availability 2019/20
radio_button_unchecked No data
Availability 2020/21
radio_button_unchecked No data
Status
Open
Opening year
2018
School year
Aug to Jul
Principal
Amanda Dennison
Main teacher nationality
British
Main student nationality
A mix of nationalities
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First Published:
Wednesday 25 October, 2017

Updated:
Thursday 13 September, 2018

The elite UK boarding school will open its second international school in central Bangkok in 2018, and this new primary school will offer a very British education and a guaranteed place at Shrewsbury Bangkok’s senior school.

The Shrewsbury brand of education continues its Thailand journey with the opening of a new primary school in Bangkok in August 2018. This new City campus will offer a very British-style of teaching to children of all nationalities, from Year 1 through to 6.

The school will build up to 640 places with four forms in each of its six year groups. All students graduating from Year 6 (aged 11) at the City campus will be guaranteed a place at the senior school on Shrewsbury Bangkok’s Riverside campus in Charoenkrung Road, just a 20-minute drive away. The founding head will be Amanda Dennison, who has worked as head teacher of the junior school at Shrewsbury Bangkok’s Riverside campus for the past seven years. Several teachers are also moving from the Riverside campus to work at this new school.

The curriculum
Shrewsbury Bangkok will follow the English National Curriculum throughout its new primary school, and the majority of lessons will be taught in mixed ability classes. The overall teacher to student ratio at its Riverside campus is 10:1, so there are hopes that this low ratio will be mirrored here.

An education at Shrewsbury does not deviate largely from the UK model, although there are some international adjustments, and the focus of the curriculum shifts as students progress throughout the years.

As the school says,

"...play-based active learning and discovery gradually leads on to more complex and specialist subject matter…"  

From Years 1 to 6, the classroom teacher takes lessons in English, maths, science, geography, history, PSHE (Personal, Social Health and Economic Education), design technology, and digital literacy. As part of the Key Stage 1 and 2 curriculum there are specialist classes in languages (Thai, Mandarin, French, Japanese and Spanish) and PE (including swimming), as well as music, drama and art in Years 3-6.

The campus
What can we expect from the campus? Well, it’s a purpose built primary school, located in the heart of Bangkok in the Huai Khwang district. The school says it will feature, “brand new, age-specific facilities and learning environments with the latest technologies and learning resources; all designed specifically for primary school children.”

Admission and fees
Shrewsbury is a selective school, and the application process is designed to ensure that students will “thrive in our ambitious and academically challenging environment”.

The school has not released fees yet for its new City campus, but we would expect it to match the fees charged at Riverside, which start from THB 653,400 for Year 1.

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